When the children’s folk musician Dan Zanes performed at GPAC last March, he invited a local children’s dance group Watoto De Afrika to accompany him onstage for a few numbers. He never expected that the group’s leader, Donald O’Conner, would show up with an expertly choreographed ensemble of kids. Nor did he expect O’Conner to take such a heartfelt interest in his music.
"Welcome to Zanesville" is performed by local children’s dance group Watoto De Afrika at GPAC. Watch »
But O’Connor felt a connection to the innocent melodies. On Saturday, the group that typically celebrates African-American culture is mounting “Welcome to Zanesville,” a musical revue based on Zanes’ songs. Zanes will even be at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre to see the premiere.
“The music was clean, folksy in regimen, earthy,” said O’Conner. “As a musicologist I can appreciate the genius of what he’s done, which is to borrow from folk songs of different cultures.”
Read Friday’s Playbook for a complete story about the event. See the video now on this Web site.
The production is at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday at GPAC. Tickets are $10. Call 751-7500.